- Thomas Pynchon
- Toni Morrison
- Haruki Murakami
- Khaled Housseni
- Ursula K Le Guin
- Chinua Achebe
- not even Margaret Atwood
- or Neal Stephenson
I need books which allow me to escape, even just an hour a day.
My go to authors for intelligent brain candy?
Christopher Moore – I’ve liked most of his work (A Dirty Job and Secondhand Souls were awesome!) but found Fool and Sacré Bleu wickedly disappointing. Dunno. Has he lost his touch or is it me?
Carrie Fisher – I reread Postcards from the Edge and it just didn’t grab me. At all. In fact, her jumping around, her lack of flow annoyed me more than her hilarious one-liners amused. I may try to reread another but, at this point, nope – not inclined.
Carl Hiaasen – YES, he’s got a new mystery out, Razor Girl, in paperback and I’ve just started it. So far, so weird and fun.
John Scalzi – The Collapsing Empire, (a NEW series!!!) is out but only in hardcover (until January 2, 2018). I just looked – my local library has it now. Huzzah! This won’t be a laugh riot but that’s OK. A Scalzi novel is always a brill escape.
Sherman Alexie has a memoir coming out but not until June 13th (*sigh*). I’m doing the pre-order thing today. Yes, it’ll be hardcover (it’s SHERMAN fucking ALEXIE though!), no it’s not comedy but his wit rockets and glides even when speaking about soul searing depressing shit.
When she passed away, the incongruities that defined his mother shook Sherman and his remembrance of her. Grappling with the haunting ghosts of the past in the wake of loss, he responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is a stunning memoir filled with raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine, much less survive. An unflinching and unforgettable remembrance, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me is a powerful, deeply felt account of a complicated relationship.And I can try rereading Vonnegut (fer fuck’s sake). We have almost all of his books – The Amazing Bob and I were BIG fans. Perhaps I’ll start with Breakfast of Champions.
Help a book addict out, here. What other spirit buoying authors could/should I be reading?